Mr. President. I know you took Michelle out for date night early last night and hustled home to watch the Bulls play for the Celtics. Unfortunately, the Celtics won. Don’t mean to crow, but even with Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe out with injuries, the Celtics are a better team. I’m not saying they are going to repeat or anything – not yet – but give them credit for hanging tough. It was the end of a great series.
Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President and Michelle Obama stroll on the White House lawn after going out to dinner in Washington on Saturday night.
This from the New York Times
With the Celtics leading by 100-95 with 1 minute 5 seconds remaining, Gordon missed a runner and Joakim Noah fouled out chasing the loose ball. That sent Pierce to the line, where he made both free throws. When Ray Allen scored on a breakaway layup, the victory and the series were finally secure.
The win came in traditional Celtics form. Five players scored in double digits, paced by 23 points from Ray Allen. House, a wild card in the series, did not gain traction until Saturday, when he scored 16 points. He earned a technical foul after one 3-pointer when he turned to the Bulls’ bench and yelled, “I’ve been there before.”
House’s previous high in the series was 8 points, and Rivers was hesitant to give him steady minutes against Chicago’s potent perimeter players.
On Saturday, he was part of a Celtics bench that redeemed itself after being blitzed by Chicago’s throughout the series. They outscored the Bulls’ bench by 30-25. Scalabrine was the Celtics’ leading scorer through the first 15 minutes of the game. Pushed by Davis and Perkins, the Celtics outscored the Bulls’ in the paint, 44-18.
Dan Shaunghnessy wrote in the Boston Globe
It ended at 11:03 p.m. with House tossing the ball high above courtside in the general direction of the 1968 championship banner.
So what did we learn from these seven games spaced over 15 days?
We learned that the Celtics are worthy champions. With Garnett sidelined and Leon Powe KO’d in Game 1, the 2009 playoffs have the feel of a Quixotic quest, but that has not deterred the C’s. We all know that the conference finals are going through LeBrontown this year and the Cavaliers look unbeatable. But the Celtics refuse to die.
First the Celtics have to get through the Magic. And speaking of Florida teams, the Red Sox finally managed to win a game at Tropicana Field last night. From Amalie Benjamin’s story in the Sunday Globe
Having started out the series by being outscored, 19-2, over two games, that 11-game winning streak seemed a distant memory, until the Sox’ bats burst out with an early uprising last night, holding on to win, 10-6, in front of 34,910.
So it was a two team win night for Boston. The Bruins ( have to admit I know little about hockey and don’t follow it) had the night off in their second round playoff series. If the Celtics and the Bruins keep winning, that crew at the Garden will be mighty busy.
John Powers a Globe Columnist wrote on April 14
Boston hasn’t had such a promising sports year since 1986, when the Patriots played in the Super Bowl, the Red Sox won the pennant, and the Celtics captured the crown….
This time, though, the city’s four major professional teams could pull off an unprecedented sports slam. Besides the Celtics and Bruins, who both begin their playoffs at home this week, the Sox have a good chance to return to the World Series, which they missed by one win last season. And the Patriots, with quarterback Tom Brady newly wed and rehabbed, figure to make the playoffs for the seventh time in nine years.
But, Boston, I think we may be getting ahead of ourselves.